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Movies: Tonto (and 'The Lone Ranger', Too)

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Armie Hammer & Johnny Depp reading their reviews 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

If Hollywood has its own wild wild west, a mythic frontier to tame, it is undoubtedly a time rather than a place: Next Summer. And the one after that. Release dates famously come before screenplays and the studios start laying down their tracks to get there: concept, screenplay, pre-production, casting, filming, editing, promotion, release though not usually quite in that sensible artistic order. Budgets often balloon on the way to the imagined gold at the end of the line. Or silver, as is the case with the name of a certain iconic horse, and the coveted metal driving the plot and the literal train tracks in the new version of THE LONE RANGER.

Hollywood hasn't revived The Lone Ranger franchise in over 30 years, for what one assumes are three reasons: westerns have been notoriously difficult sells for modern mainstream audiences; the last time they attempted this franchise, it failed; and the Tonto character opens you up to charges of racism and cultural insensitivity in modern times. But if anyone could revive this dead franchise and skirt these issues, the thinking went, wouldn't it be director Gore Verbinski and his masses-beloved star Johnny Depp (rumored to have some sort of Cherokee heritage, and adopted into the Comanche Nation last year) who together did the impossible 10 years ago in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, making a well reviewed, Oscar-nominated, mega-blockbuster out of a famous amusement park ride while also navigating another even more notoriously pricey and difficult to sell outmoded genre: the pirate movie!

The director and star aren't so lucky this time around. The film's signature image might just say it all...

MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

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Johnny Depp Can't Stop Kissing Jimmy Kimmel: VIDEO

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After being praised for his "beautiful face", Johnny Depp kissed Jimmy Kimmel a total of four times during his appearance last night, admitting that he has a "thing" for talk show hosts.

Said Kimmel later in the segment: "I never realized what an immediate impact the Supreme Court decision would have on both of us, really."

Depp also told Kimmel that "the majority of characters that I've sponged came from playing with Barbies....and GI Joes...equal opportunity...I want to say something though — I played more Barbies."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Stipe and Courtney Love Duet on a Sea Chantey: VIDEO

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RoguesJohnny Depp has produced a pirate-themed album called Son of Rogue's Gallery which comes out next week and a few tracks have already hit the web, including this sea chantey called "Rio Grande" from Courtney Love and Michael Stipe (his first piece of music since R.E.M. dissolved.

Walk the plank, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Chuck Bass, Taiwan, Authors, Male Escort, 'Dictatorship'

1NewsIcon Rather than discussing US-Taiwan relations with King Pu-tsung, their representative to the US, Taiwanese lawmakers were more interested in asking him questions about rumors that he's gay and having an affair with President Ma Ying-jeou: "King said it was 'unfair' that people have claimed that his political progress has been spurred along through sexual relationships, adding that the insinuation was also insulting to homosexuals."

Boehner1NewsIcon Senate Majority leader Harry Reid is blaming GOP House Speaker John Boehner of running the House like a "dictatorship" and intentionally obstructing fiscal cliff negotiations. "Everyone knows that if they had brought up the Senate-passed bill, it would pass overwhelmingly. But the speaker says, no we can't do that," Reid said today. "It's [the House] being operated by a dictatorship of the speaker."

1NewsIcon Lindsay Lohan got a bit of a break on the tax lien on her home.

1NewsIcon Johnny Depp's 2012, a photo essay.

1NewsIcon "How An Author Should Be." (Good at building anticipation.)

Steamroom1NewsIcon Presenting "The Fabulous Fags of the Steambath."

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1NewsIcon Nick and Nate Montana show off their football bodies on the beach.

1NewsIcon Following in Richard Hanna and Ileana Ros-Lehtinan, a third GOP congressman has come out against the anti-gay DOMA: "U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass, R-Peterborough, took a symbolic step this week by being the first Republican member of Congress from New England to sign on to an effort that would allow the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage."

1NewsIcon "A Gay Male Escort Recalls His Craziest Client Request."

1NewsIcon Anti-gay conservative MP Tim Loughton: "[Marriage is] a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God."

Hotpriests1NewsIcon Men said to be Romanian Orthodox priests posed suggestively for a calendar being described as "homoerotic."

1NewsIcon The Journal-News, a newspaper for New York's Westchester and Rockland Counties, is at the center of a privacy debate after publishing the names and addresses of gun-owning residents. "Turns out the stunt was so unpopular — with gun owners and privacy advocates alike — that a blogger named Christopher Fountain took it upon himself to dig up and organize the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the Journal-News staff, starting with editor Cyndee Royle."

1NewsIcon Brian Schatz has been sworn in to replace late Hawaiian Sen. Daniel Inouye. "I am honored to serve in this capacity, and I can assure you that if given the opportunity, I will make Hawaii proud," he said. "I'm going to work very hard, and I understand the road ahead is going to be challenging for all of us, but it also is potentially a hopeful time to rebuild as a united congressional delegation."


Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp Team Up in New 'Lone Ranger' Trailer: WATCH

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The new trailer for Disney's The Lone Ranger remake is out though the film isn't out till next summer. This new clip takes a closer look at Armie's scruffy Ranger and Depp's crow-donning Tonto than the one we saw in October.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: 'Ex-Gay' Suit, Altitude, One Billion, '30 Rock'

1NewsIcon A California counseling student named Aaron Blitzer claims he was "cured" of his gay desires by "ex-gay" reparative therapy, wants to spread the practice as his career, so now he's suing the state to overturn their recently passed law banning the notably harmful therapy for minors.

Helix1NewsIcon This picture of the Helix Nebula is NASA's image of the day.

1NewsIcon Check out the interview our friends from Occupy the Disco did with legendary NYC DJ Honey Dijon.

1NewsIcon Country crooner and Nicole Kidman husband Keith Urban loves all the "passion" seen on American Idol. Oh, and he thinks Randy Jackson is "the craziest."

1NewsIcon As NBC's hit sitcom 30 Rock begins its final season, AfterElton compiled its gayest moments.

1NewsIcon This is old, but I haven't seen it anywhere and it's worth a look because it's so ridiculous. An anti-gay activist in Maine claims marriage equality leads to socialism. "Eleven other countries have passed gay marriage: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa and Sweden," writes Erick Bennett. "Passing gay marriage is not the only thing they have in common: They are also ranked the most socialist countries on earth. So what does socialism have to do with same-sex marriage?"

Thefour1NewsIcon Marriage numbers.

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1NewsIcon An estimated 47,000 women die while getting unsafe abortions each year.

1NewsIcon Karl Frisch breaks down the numbers on equality-related laws, and reminds the presidential candidates that gay and lesbian people, particularly parents, are voters too and concerned with issues other than just marriage: "With so much at stake for LGBT people and numerous historic electoral wins on the horizon this fall, shouldn’t President Obama and Mitt Romney have a frank discussion about issues important to LGBT Americans and their families?"

1NewsIcon In other number news, about 30,000 people are expected to attend Disneyland's 15th annual gay day this year.

1NewsIcon Al Gore blames President Obama's poor debate performance on Denver's altitude, which is plausible.

1NewsIcon Problematizing Johnny Depp as Tonto.

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1NewsIcon The men of Dieux du Stade. [Link FIXED and not work friendly.]

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1NewsIcon Francois Lebel, mayor of Paris' 8th district, has come out against gay marriage there, saying that allowing same-sex nuptials would open the door to bestiality and the such: "Why [if gay marriage passes] would the legal age for marriage be maintained? And why forbid marriage between close relations, paedophilia or incest which are all still common currency in the world."

1NewsIcon Which LGBT people oppose marriage equality? "Only 20% of LGBT respondents self-identify as Republicans but 51% of LGBT people opposed to marriage equality are Republicans. Looking at it another way... while only 9% of LGBT Democrats oppose marriage equality, 35% of LGBT Republicans oppose it."

1NewsIcon Well, at least Joe Biden thinks President Obama did a good job during the debate: "I thought the president did a great job last night making clear that our country faces the starkest choice in my memory."

1NewsIcon Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace.


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